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Details about all 20 Bachelor of Applied Science tracks plus the RN to BSN degree can be found through the links in this web section, including program guides that detail proposed course plans. Those sections will answer many of your questions and you'll also find selected Frequently Asked Questions below.

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Question 1:  What is the Bachelor of Applied Science online application process, application deadline and fee to apply?

Admission criteria require that students have completed an Associate's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. (Associate in Science - A.S. or Associate in Arts - A.A.) Students with an earned A.A. degree would need to work closely with an advisor to complete 21 technical credit hours as part of the program. Students who are in the last semester of coursework needed to complete an Associate's degree may also apply. Only online applications will be accepted. There is a one-time Bachelor's Degree application fee of $30.

View the Bachelor's enrollment steps for current deadlines and the application process.

Students who have met all admissions requirements no later than the posted deadline will be accepted into the program on a first come basis.

If you are not accepted, check the application deadline for the next term or contact the Bachelor Degree Advisor.

Question 2:  What does a complete Bachelor's Degree application consist of?

Students who have met all application requirements will be accepted into the program on a first come basis. Follow these application steps below:

  • Completion of EFSC's online application for admission
  • One-time, non-refundable $30 application fee (waived for students with prior two-year EFSC degree)
  • Completion of an A.S. or A.A. degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree does not meet the minimum eligibility requirement for entry into this program. AAS degree holders who intend to transfer into the BAS program should consult with an academic advisor to review coursework and determine the best transfer options.
  • Submission of all final, official, non-EFSC college transcript(s) indicating the coursework taken and the degree(s) awarded. A transcript with courses in progress is not considered a final transcript.
  • Submission of Florida Residency Affidavit with supporting documentation

Question 3:  How can I prepare for the Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS)?

Complete the courses required for your current Associate's degree program (Associate in Science - A.S. or Associate in Arts - A.A.) and receive your A.S. or A.A. diploma from a regionally accredited institution. Make sure you are earning grades of "C" or better in your general education courses as they are an important part of the BAS transition.

The BAS degree requires 36 credits of general education.

Students who have earned an A.S. degree will be required to complete what is left of the 36 general education credit hours not earned with their A.S. degree. These credits will be considered part of the 60 additional credits required for the Bachelor's degree. You can review the EFSC general education requirements by checking the list of courses under the Associate in Arts degree: click here for that A.A. list.

Students who have earned an A.A. degree will need to take 21 credit hours of appropriate technical concentration courses. Technical concentration courses will be used as part of the total 60 credit hours required for the Bachelor's degree. One strategy is to consider selecting a College Credit Certificate (CCC) program in a subject that corresponds with your post-BAS degree career goals. Click here to review the extensive list of CCC program choices. Work with a Bachelor Degree advisor in making your choices.

NOTE: Both A.S. and A.A. degree holding students may need to take additional courses depending on the degree you have earned.

Question 4:  May I begin my BAS degree as a freshman or will I need to have an Associate's degree to begin the Bachelor's program?

An Associate's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution is required to begin the BAS degree program. Students who are seeking an Associate in Science or Associate in Arts are completing the first two years of the four-year BAS degree and should follow the Bachelor's degree application process as suggested in Question 1 when they are ready to apply for admission to the BAS program.

Question 5:  How many credits are required for the BAS degree?

Each Bachelor's degree requires a total of 120 credit hours. 60 credits will come from the Associate's degree. The remaining portion of the Bachelor's degree is 60 credits; for a total degree of 120 credits. Refer to the Bachelor Degree Planning Guide for your program of interest more information.

Question 6:  Will it be possible to apply upper level course work (3000/4000) that was completed at a regionally accredited college or university to the BAS at EFSC?

Credits such as these will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis upon receipt of an official transcript to determine the application toward the BAS degree.

Question 7:  Will a Health Sciences type of A.S. degree be required for the BAS degrees that have a healthcare focus?

The Advanced Allied Health Specialization is open to students with a healthcare related Associate in Science (A.S.) degree or by exception with an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree after consultation with the Program Director. Students with A.A. degrees who wish to pursue healthcare management are encouraged to pursue the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management Healthcare Management Specialization.

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Health Sciences - Medical Imaging Specialization requires an A.S. in Radiography or Sonography as well as specific licensure.

The RN to BSN program requires an Associate's Degree in Nursing as well as a Florida Registered Nursing License.

Question 8:  Will it be possible to receive Financial Aid or a Scholarship? 

EFSC Bachelor degrees qualify for Financial Aid.  Scholarship opportunities are be available. Click here to explore the aid and scholarship process.

Question 9:  Is Foreign Language a graduation requirement for the BAS?

State universities require two sequential units of study in one foreign language in high school or eight semester credit hours of sequential study in one foreign language at the college level.

Students also may meet this requirement by demonstration of equivalent foreign language competency.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) applicants who have not met the foreign language requirement may be admitted but will need to complete this graduation requirement. Foreign language taken at the college level does not satisfy the General Education or Technical Concentration credits and will not be used toward the upper division BAS credit requirement.

Question 10:  What is the tuition for the upper division courses (3000 and 4000)?

The tuition rates for the current academic year are available by visiting the Tuition section of the website.

Question 11:  Which campuses offer Bachelor degrees and will there be any online courses?

Bachelor's degree programs are designed with the working student in mind and are offered in flexible formats.

The 21 (or more) credits of general education (for the A.S. transfer student) or technical electives (for the A.A. transfer student) can be taken at the campus of your choice and online through eLearning.

The upper division 3000 and 4000 level courses will initially be offered on the Melbourne and Cocoa Campuses and often online through Eastern Florida Online. The RN to BSN degree is a 100% online degree.

Question 12:  When are the schedule of bachelor classes available?

Bachelor course offerings follow the registration schedule and deadlines outlined in the college Academic Calendar, which is available online. Bachelor level courses are included in the College Class Schedules, which also are available online at this link.

Question 13:  Are there prerequisite courses for the upper level 3000/4000 courses?

Prerequisite courses are required for some of the upper level courses. Course descriptions are available through the online curriculum pages listed at this link.

Question 14:  Will an EFSC bachelor's degree allow a student to pursue a graduate degree (Master's level)?

Check with the University you plan to attend. You may need to take additional prerequisites depending on the advanced degree you seek.

Question 15:  What happens to my bachelor's application if I am not initially accepted?

Students who are not accepted for their initial application term will have an opportunity to be admitted in the following semester by reapplying via the online application.